The board members of the Smoked Meat Festival have announced that there will not be a festival this year. According to an email that was sent from the board of directors the decision to cancel the festival after 26 years was a tough choice to make.

Those words shed a little insight into the struggles the board and the festival were having to maintain the Ville Platte based festival over the past few years. Obviously, a festival the magnitude of the Smoked Meat Festivals requires a lot of manpower to be run the way festival organizers want the festival run.

Organizers did hint that there might be a rebranding of the festival for next year so there is a possibility the festival could return in a different form as early as 2019. That decision will be made when the board of directors meets later this year.